NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - MBBS and BDS aspirants can check here the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria as specified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduation (NEET UG) will be conducted on May 6, 2018, in offline mode. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 specifies the academic qualifications, age limit, residency status and other requirements that must be met by all candidates appearing for the entrance exam. The NEET eligibility criteria 2018 has reintroduced the controversial upper age limit rule. Another major NEET 2018 eligibility criteria change which has taken place is that NIOS board and open school students who were allowed to appear for NEET 2017 are not be allowed to appear for the exam from 2018 onwards. Candidates who have only studied Biology as an additional subject in Class 12 and not as a core subject in both Classes 11 and 12 are also not allowed to apply. Besides that, cap on the number of attempts has been removed by CBSE. These changes to the eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 were recently introduced by the Medical Council of India (MCI) as per a Gazette of India notification released on January 23, 2018, and can now be considered final as given in the official NEET notification released on February 8, 2018. NEET aspirants may note that the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 to appear for the exam will be separate from the eligibility for admissions. NEET is the single entrance examination in the country for admissions to MBBS and BDS programmes and will be conducted in 11 languages from 2018 onwards. Candidates are advised to check the NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria carefully before applying for the examination as they may not be allowed to appear if they fail to meet the same.
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Quick Facts of NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018
10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized Board; candidates from NIOS Board are ineligible - Gap year between Class 11 and 12 is not permitted.
Minimum Age Requirement
17 years as on December 31, 2018.
Candidates must be born on or before January 1, 2002.
Maximum Age Limit
25 years till date of exam for Unreserved candidates; 30 years till date of exam for Reserved category candidates
Unreserved candidates must be born on or after May 7, 1993 and Reserved candidates must be born on or after May 7, 1988.
UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)
Previously applied cap on the number of attempts has been removed. Now, there is no limit on the permitted number of attempts age criteria permitting.
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals
For any doubt and queries, Call the NEET UG helpline number at 011-40360360.
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The above-mentioned facts are explained in detail below.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Qualifying Exam
Candidates must check the academic qualifying criteria of NEET 2018 they are required to meet before they apply. The different qualifying exams that candidates can clear to become eligible for NEET have been specified by the CBSE. Candidates will have to enter the corresponding qualifying exam code while filling the exam. The details of the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria can be seen below.
NEET Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes
Qualifying Examination Codes
Students who will be appearing in Class 12 Board Examinations or whose result is awaited are eligible to appear for NEET 2018.
In case a candidate does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks, then they will not be eligible for admissions.
The Senior Secondary Education or the Indian School Certificate examination after a period of 12 years’ study, where the last two years of such study consist of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology or Mathematics or any other elective subject with core-level English. Candidates must have undertaken 2 years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology at 10+2 level. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as private candidate shall not be eligible to appear. Furthermore, study of Biology/Bio-technology as an additional at Class 12 level is also not allowed.
The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in science as offered by an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology and also English as compulsory subjects.
The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. This will also include the practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
The first year of the three years’ degree course from a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology including practical tests and core-level English.
Candidate should have passed B.Sc. from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects among Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology. Not only this, the candidate should have cleared the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
Apart from the above-mentioned examinations, any exam which is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects will be considered. It should also include practical tests in each subject.
Note: Medical or science colleges may conduct the Pre-medical courses. Also, marks scored in Mathematics are not to be considered for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses. Candidates have to necessarily fulfill requirements given in Code 2, eligibility specified under all other codes notwithstanding.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Age criteria
According to the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria, a candidate has to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admissions or else on or before December 31, 2018. The NEET 2018 notification has reintroduced the upper age limit criteria of 25 years for Unreserved candidates and 30 years for Reserved category candidates.
NEET 2018 Age criteria
Minimum Age Criteria
Maximum Age Criteria
For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)
Born on or before January 1, 2002
Born on or after May 7, 1993
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category
Born on or before January 1, 2002
Born on or after May 7, 1988
What are the Qualifying Marks for NEET 2018?
To fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2018, candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually.
The candidates belonging to General Category should score a aggregate minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) should score a aggregate minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
For persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required in aggregate across Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology.
- From 2018, it is likely that the NEET eligibility criteria will require candidates to have studied Biology as a core subject in both Classes 12 and 11, rather than as an additional subject in Class 12 alone.
Minimum PCB Marks Percentage for NEET 2018 in Class 10 or 12
PCB aggregate marks in 10+2 or HSC examination
How many attempts are allowed for NEET 2018?
Previously applied cap of number of attempts has been removed from 2018 onwards. Now, as per new rules candidates can appear for NEET for any number of times provided they fulfill other eligibility criteria as mentioned above.
Nationality of candidates for NEET 2018
Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges through NEET eligibility criteria.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 for 15% All India Quota Seats
Candidates who fall under these categories - Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.
Candidates from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be participating in the NEET All India Quota scheme from 2018 onwards. Earlier, candidates from these two states and J&K were not eligible for 15% All India quota seats as these three states had opted out of All India scheme since its inception. If candidates claimed eligibility under this criterion, they had to submit a Self Declaration form online. Candidates were required to take a print out of the form as it would have to presented during counselling. However the official NEET Notification confirms that except for J&K candidates, those from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be able to participate in counselling for All India Quota seats from this year onwards.
Candidates appearing for NEET 2018 must ensure they fulfill the above mentioned eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 to be able to appear for the exam. Following the result and depending on where they apply for state quota seats, candidates will be required to fulfill the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria of each state they intend to apply to in order to be considered for admissions under state quota.